Steve Pointing

Professor Steve Pointing is Director of the Institute for Applied Ecology New Zealand, AUT University. He completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Great Britain, with undergraduate focus in biochemistry and postgraduate study in microbiology. His doctoral research addressed marine fungal and bacterial colonization of shipwreck timbers from the Tudor warship Mary Rose. After gaining his doctorate he lived and worked in Hong Kong until 2012, conducting research on the microbial ecology of extreme environments. He now calls Auckland home, and his research focuses on environmental issues with regional and global relevance, including New Zealand’s strategic commitment to Antarctica. Steve is on Twitter @stevepointing

A return to the American Dust Bowl? - Pointing At Science

Jul 03, 2014

A persistent drought for over 3 years in the midwestern US has seen Oklahoma displaying worrisome signs that the panhandle region may be returning to a "dust bowl" scenario that will rival that of the infamous 1930's disaster.  Some media reports ...

Smart Scorpions build their own sun deck - Pointing At Science

Jul 03, 2014

An endearing piece of research reported at the Society for Experimental Biology meeting in the UK this week describes how scorpions from the Negev Desert (Israel) build their burrows to optimise temperature for different activities.  The clever ra...